Jackob began playing the guitar at the age of 13. His early musical influences include classic rock guitar heroes such as Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page as well as more modern musicians. While in high school his musical focus was directed towards different punk rock and heavy metal bands while at the same time studying with different teachers who showed him the importance of reading music and understanding theory.
Jackob now spends most of his time familiarizing himself with the jazz tradition while playing and gigging with a band that plays a variety of styles ranging from swing to jazz fusion to hip-hop. He is also playing dinner music / jazz gigs with a variety of musicians that are studying in different post-secondary music programs in Ontario.
ORGANIC; Having an organization similar in its complexity to that of living things.
FUNK; An earthy quality appreciated in music such as jazz or soul, down-to-earth soulfully expressed sound, related to the real nitty-gritty or …
fundamental essence of life, soul to the max.
Toronto based band Organic Funk launched their latest CD entitled “Speak Now” on February 10, 2011 at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Canada to an enthusiastic crowd. The first single from the album entitled “For Today” was pre-released to radio and the immediate reaction was excellent garnering airplay coast to coast in Canada. The band has been compared to “a pre-popular Maroon 5”. The comments from radio have been very encouraging… “There is something very pure and raw about them…” “They may be on to something…” “Definitely a winner…” “Absolutely love it“.
The funk/rock quartet composes, produces and performs music that has been described as “contemporary rock with a funky groove and a hint of retro”. Although the group aspires to perform their own original material, they win approval for their original songs by interspersing well known musical titles that blend with their originals, elevating their songs alongside the classic hits. They have built a strong following in their home territory and have an excellent web presence through their profile on My Space: http://www.myspace.com/organicfunk .
Perhaps Canadian reviewer Ryan Stephenson Price sums it up best in a recent review of an Organic Funk concert in Toronto – here is an excerpt:
“…If you’ll take anything away from this review though – see them live if ever given the opportunity: they have a way of playing off each other that really emotes to the crowd. You can tell just how much fun they’re having, and they want you to join in too. They’ll leave you grooving in your shoes all night long, you’ll be singing along with their covers, and you just might get an invite to a party from some random attractive Europeans that were enticed to enter the venue from off the street because they heard some funky tunes as they happened to be walking by. What, that doesn’t happen to everybody? Well, clearly you were at the wrong concert that night…” RYAN STEPHENSON PRICE, THE INDIE MACHINE May 13, 2011
McGibbon Hotel: Larry Melton Live, 8:30 pm start, Tickets Required and still available as of Dec 23, includes: party favours, munchies, nibbles, champagne at midnight!
The St. George Pub: The Gigawatts Live at 10 pm, No Cover
The Cellar Restaurant: $100 per person includes Prix Fixe 6 course menu
Georgetown Legion: SOLD OUT
Uncorked on Main: Ambre McLean Live. Three Seatings – 6, 8 and 10 pm – $60 per person includes 4 course menu and glass of bubbly. Open late.
CLOSING BEFORE MIDNIGHT
Boston Pizza – 11 pm
Kelseys – 10 pm
The Shepherd’s Crook – 5:30 pm
Shoeless Joe’s – 9 pm
Wild Wing – 10 pm
The Copper Kettle – Closed
“Musicality” is the word that comes to mind, an excellent feel and flow to his playing.
The outstanding acoustics at The Helson Gallery are perfect for taking in his performance. Jazz and Pop are featured.
Taylor and Bryn took its sweet time to form, simmering towards perfection since 2010, when they met while pursuing their BA Music Degrees from York University. In 2014 it occured to them to solidify their musical energies in a tight, powerful duo. It is now clear that these boys are on a musical journey to make tasteful, elaborate and enduring pop music.
Despite their distinctly different songwriting styles, both are passionate about making songs the best they can be, and grew up being fascinated by all forms of music that resonate with pure imagination.
There is an uncanny similarity in the elements that comprise their sound – innovation, musicianship, and unforgettable melodies. Each song swirls with shades of anything from Jazz Standards, to 70’s Pop, to Hip Hop, and beyond – creating a sound that is tremendously refreshing – and yet, still accessible to any set of 21st Century ears.
Taylor & Bryn’s live shows are exciting, accessible, unpredictable, humorous, and uplifting–enough to garner the attention of reputable musical judges and label A&R representatives. Recently picked for 1st place in the Ontario-wide Landmark Events Showcase Competition out of hundreds of entrants, Taylor & Bryn are gearing up to release their first EP in 2015.
With 2 acoustic guitars, 20 harmonicas, beatboxing chops, and two voices of distinct blend at their disposal, Taylor & Bryn are poised for launch.
Adam Gesjorskyj’s experience as a guitarist spans a wide variety of musical styles. Frequently composing, arranging and performing in the fingerstyle acoustic genre, he released his first original recording, entitled Nostalgia, in 2000. As a classical guitarist, Adam has showcased his talents with numerous groups, including Arcady and Duo Acorde, and appears regularly as a solo performer. He frequently takes the stage as a guitarist of popular styles with Allemande, Phill Botting and Williamson Drive.
Adam furthered his classical guitar education at McMaster University under the instruction of celebrated guitarist and pedagogue Jeffrey McFadden. His musicality and technical capacity were immensely refined and expanded over his four years of study with McFadden, during which time he simultaneously earned bachelor’s degrees in Science (Honours Mathematics and Statistics) and Arts (Music, Summa Cum Laude). While continuing his practice and performance in the modern and classical guitar genres, Adam began his self-study of the fingerstyle steel string acoustic guitar style. Tommy Emmanuel, Billy McLachlan and Stephen Fearing have been major influences on his learning, performance and composition of music in this genre.
Over the years, Adam has been honoured to receive several awards of recognition. Among these achievements are two Royal Conservatory of Music Silver Medal Awards, a Patricia Majcher Award for the Arts, numerous awards from local music competitions and a Hamilton Arts Awards nomination as an Emerging Artist. He was also the recipient of a Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Teacher of the Year).